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Posted 16 June 2010 - 06:38 PM
just got everything ready for fajitas tonight...using tenderloin, green yellow and orange peppers and vidalias...marinating for a while. guacamole's ready. cerveza's chillin'. happy hump day!
Posted 18 June 2010 - 01:13 AM
Posted 21 June 2010 - 11:44 PM
making a pan sauce with the giblets from the chicken, carrot, onion, celery, brandy and some duck demi and chicken demi that I made.
mashed taters, summer squash. cooking right now......
Posted 28 June 2010 - 11:38 PM
I haven't been cooking in some time... Tonight I've got a big kettle of homemade spaghetti sauce with sliced leftover BBQ striploin simmering away on the stove, spiced with home-grown herbs picked straight from the garden... Will be served with freshly torn basil leaves, freshly grated romano cheese and a good red wine... Should be good to go in another 2 hours, yum!
I also have two bulbs of garlic roasting in the oven for tomorrow nights' wine & cheese date.
Posted 01 July 2010 - 01:16 AM
This is one of my favourite simple dinners!!!
Posted 01 July 2010 - 09:24 PM
never heard 'em called neptune taters - sounds really good!
2 nights ago dinner, from harvest to table - taters with chives n parsley, beets and swiss chard with seared sesame tuna...
I am drooling!!!
tonight I"m making spicy noodles ala randiddy!
and maybe some satueed shrimp to top it...maybe
Posted 10 July 2010 - 05:10 PM
i used this recipe for beef satay with peanut sauce http://www.foodnetwo...cipe/index.html with a few tweaks: extra lime and lime zest, powdered coconut instead of the milk and lots of fresh cilantro. i used flat iron steaks that i froze slightly in order to slice it thin. really a wonderful recipe!
Posted 11 July 2010 - 12:46 PM
smells good already!
Posted 11 July 2010 - 10:37 PM
Gonna watch a flick when we're done with the good eats.
Posted 08 August 2010 - 05:49 PM
Peppadew Pickled Peppers
Cut off stem and deseed unless you want burning hot peppers. It's best to use surgical gloves, as the peppers can make your fingers burn. Cut off the stem end and scrape out the seeds with a small teaspoon. Try to remove all the seeds. Dissolve about 4 tablespoons sea salt in just over 2 cups water. (We have metric measurements: 60g salt to 600ml water.
In another submission of this recipe, the author gave the following instructions: Leave overnight in a brine consisting of 2 ounces kosher/coarse salt and about 2 1/3 cups water). Drop peppers into brine after deseeding, and leave them in for a few hours or overnight. (Increase brine mixture according to volume of peppers!) Put a plate or other weight on top if necessary, to stop them from bobbing on top.
Before continuing, be sure your jars, caps and rings are very clean and sterilized in boiling water. Leave in the hot water until ready to fill the jars.
1-1/2 cups good vinegar, grape or wine or malt (5% acetic ****)
1-1/4 cup sugar
1 cup water
a few pieces sliced fresh ginger
some fresh garlic cloves
2 tablespoons crushed peppercorns (the mixed peppercorns are nice)
some bay or lemon leaves
a little sea salt
Additional ingredients: 2 whole green chili peppers, reserved, optional extra small whole green chili peppers for garnish
Combine the syrup ingredients in a non-reactive *** that is large enough to hold the peppers. Stir over low heat until the sugar dissolves. Then bring to a rolling boil. Take care, as the mixture does foam up a bit.
In the meantime, rinse the brined peppers. Place in a colander or sieve and shake to remove as much moisture as possible. Add the peppers along with the green chili peppers to the boiling syrup. Boil for a minute or two. Use a slotted spoon to fill the jars with the peppers. Push them in; you want to fill the bottles nicely! Then pour over the boiling hot mixture. Use a small rubber spatula along with gentle tapping and rotation of the jars in to fill the pepper hollows with the syrup. You can add a green chili to each jar for decorative purposes if you like. Final filling should be to 1/2-inch of the top. Wipe the rims of the jars. Cap the jars and process in a boiling water bath for 10 minutes at altitudes up to 1000 feet, 15 minutes from altitudes of 1000 to 6000 feet, and 20 minutes above 6000 feet. Leave for about 2 - 3 weeks before use.
Posted 19 August 2010 - 09:17 PM
On the stove right now: homemade veggie soup to be packaged up for quick meals during the week.
Next project, and what we shall be dining on tonight: simple cream pasta with lemon and basil and chocolate silk tarts for dessert.
A napa cabbage also followed me home from the market so you know what that means - yep, homemade spicy kimchi pickle - yum!
Posted 21 August 2010 - 05:11 PM
chopped tomato caprese (tomato, mozz, basil, canellini beans, evo, salt, pepper, garlic)
roasted veggies (zucchini, red peppers, red onion, red potatoes & green beans all in vinaigrette dressing)
and 2 dips
eggplant tapenade (suppose to just be roasted eggplant for the veggie dish but I might have killed it when trying to get it off the pan so I immersion blender'd it w some olives, salt, pepper, parsley, garlic)
chimichurri (parsley, EVO, salt, pepper, crushed red flake, garlic)
Posted 12 September 2010 - 10:39 PM
Bitchin' kitchen tonight, yum!
Posted 21 September 2010 - 01:59 PM
Posted 21 September 2010 - 10:34 PM
Tonight's dinner - Vietnamese stir-fried beef with rice noodles topped with raw carrot and cucumber, fresh basil and mint from the garden... The beef is marinating in chopped fresh garlic and ginger, thick-sliced onions and scallions, soy sauce, brown sugar, and sesame oil... Gah, dinner can't come quickly enough for me right now, but I have a half-hour before the marinade will be done it's job.
Posted 26 September 2010 - 02:06 PM
Posted 30 September 2010 - 08:55 PM
i don't do recipes so this is more of a ramble, really...but it'll pay off if you're patient enough to follow my ramble
- cut one washed butternut squash in half lengthwise and seed it - reserve seeds for roasting/garnishing soup
- place in oven-safe baking dish (cut into smaller pieces if needed to fit)
- season with salt, pepper, and garam masala (or curry powder, or both)
- add liquid to a depth of 1/2 inch. i used veggie stock but you can use chicken stock or water
- bake until tender, 45 minutes or so. remove from oven and allow to cool for easy peeling
i like my food spicy, so while i had the oven on i roasted a bunch of fresh cherry peppers i had on hand along with a couple of red bell peppers, and threw them into a paper bag to steam while the squash finished baking. i peeled and seeded them and once the squash was cool enough to handle, peeled that too, then added everything to a soup *** along with the veggie stock left in the roasting pan.
i blended that together, along with a few carmelized onions/garlic reserved from the paninis i served with the soup (see below). i used my immersion blender until everything was smooth and well-incorporated.
i took that to the stove, put it on medium heat, and whisked in about 20 ounces of hemp milk (but you can use less if you prefer half and half or regular milk) and brought it up to a low simmer.
next, i adjusted for seasoning. it seemed a little bland for me even with the garam masala, so i added some curry powder and let that simmer until it lost that raw curry taste. last, i added some fresh thyme because i love fresh thyme and wanted something green but not too overpowering (like cilantro would have been). oh, and lots of ground cumin.
i garnished the soup with the toasted squash seeds (though i would only add them at the very last second or serve on the side next time...toasted seeds un-toast when they are added to something wet, who knew???) and some fried papadam straws. papadams are a thin Indian cracker/flatbread you can buy from any Indian grocery store, and they crisp up nicely when fried. the ones i used had whole cumin seeds in them and added a lot of flavor and texture to the soup when i served it the other night! i used scissors to cut them into thin strips before tossing them into a half inch of hot vegetable oil in a frying pan.
you can use pre-made salad croutons for crunch instead of either of those things if you prefer. i had some with my soup for lunch today, and they were really good.
i made a sweet potato and carmelized onion panini on garlic/cilantro naan (again, Indian grocery - frozen section) to go with the soup the other day, but pretty much any kind of quesadilla or panini sandwich you like would be great, too.
you can also make this soup entirely on the stove top by simmering peeled, seeded squash with your stock and onions until tender. but i already had my oven going for the roasted peppers and sweet potatoes, plus i really like the intense flavor you get when you roast things like butternut squash and sweet potatos instead of simmering them.
Posted 04 October 2010 - 02:54 PM
about 1 lb cubed beef round seasoned w salt, pepper, beef blend & chipotle then browned off
into the crock *** with:
hot chili pepper
purple bell pepper
2 cans of tomatoes - smushed up (san marzano... they really are better!)
2 can drained rinsed red kidney
1 can drained rinsed black beans
chipotle, cayenne, cumin, tumeric, all spice, salt & pepper
added 2 c sliced mushrooms & cilantro in the last hr
served it up after about 5 hrs on high w plain greek yogurt (instead of sour cream) & shredded cheddar
some cubed potato would have been really nice but I wanted to keep it a little less carb-y
Posted 06 October 2010 - 07:24 PM
had all these fresh veggies and no protein for my stir-fry, so i marinated the last hunk of meatloaf in some soy sauce, sesame oil, and garlic... chopped it up and added it to my stir-fry
was actually pretty damn good!!
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Posted 18 October 2010 - 01:00 PM
Lunch: killer sammich made with 12 grain bread spread with roasted-garlic butter on one side and grainy Dijon mustard on the other, roasted turkey breast (leftover from Thanksgiving) thin-sliced red apple, havarti, and a light sprinkling of freshly ground salt pepper... Wrapped in tin-foil so I can get it wall warm and melt-y on top of my kiln while at the studio today!